Annual Water Quality Report

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires an annual water quality report be made available to provide information about the quality of the community’s drinking water.

The City of Salem Report includes information about:

  • Possible water contaminants
  • Salem’s sources of drinking water
  • Ways to get involved
  • Water conservation 

Latest English Report    El reporte en español

Monitoring 

Monitoring is an important first barrier in making sure contaminants stay out of the City’s water supply. Keeping track of current conditions, through monitoring, allows the assurance of a high quality product, and a quick response to any changes that could potentially impact the water supply.

Constant monitoring at the City’s treatment facility and daily routine testing of the water at various sites throughout the distribution system helps ensure that a clean and safe product is being delivered to customers, and that all federal and state regulations are met.

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act mandates the City of Salem to collect at least 120 bacteriological samples per month. In town, forty-eight routine sample sites, which were chosen with the assistance of the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Program, are strategically located to allow monitoring in all areas of the distribution system. A bacteriological sample is collected at each site approximately once a week. Also monitored are pH, temperature, turbidity, and chlorine residual parameters.

The City of Salem’s Watershed Program monitors conditions, collects data, and samples water in the North Santiam watershed, where Salem’s drinking water supply originates. This ensures clean, safe water for residents to use.

Reports 

  
  
2017 Annual Water Quality Report - English2533 KB
2017 Annual Water Quality Report - Spanish (El reporte anual de la calidad del agua del 2017)2562 KB
2016 Annual Water Quality Report - English1433 KB
2016 Annual Water Quality Report - Spanish (El reporte anual de la calidad del agua del 2016)1409 KB
2015 Annual Water Quality Report - English1181 KB
2015 Annual Water Quality Report - Spanish (El reporte anual de la calidad del agua del 2015)1192 KB
2014 Annual Water Quality Report - English1387 KB
2014 Annual Water Quality Report - Spanish (El reporte anual de la calidad del agua del 2014)1284 KB
2013 Annual Water Quality Report - English8116 KB
2013 Annual Water Quality Report - Spanish (El reporte anual de la calidad del agua del 2013)8149 KB

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